ACF Next Step is more than just a building campaign…
A GROWING CHURCH. ACF now sees over 1100 in weekly attendance, with close to 350 being children.
GROWING IN GENEROSITY. One of the ACF core values is to “lead the way in generosity”.
GROWING OUR SPACE. The ACF Lead Team believes God is calling us to take a next step by expanding our worship facilities, including the sanctuary and kids areas, to make room “for those yet to come” at ACF.
GROWING THE MISSION. Next Step enables us long-term to carry out the mission of amplifying the grace of Jesus Christ to the churched, unchurched, and de-churched.
The initial leg of fundraising has generated significant funds towards our expansion objectives and we can celebrate the fact that over 250 families have participated in the 2017 campaign! We have heard some awesome stories of God working through His people in this process. Plus, the funds received allows us to move toward our first construction phase in 2018 for which we have hired an architect (click here for architectural drawings).
Phase 1 in the Next Step buildout commences in spring of 2018 and will address parking and the addition of a North lobby. This addition will function as entry point for our kid’s area and house upgraded infrastructure for mechanical, electrical, etc. necessary for future expansion and sustainability.
To move beyond Phase 1, we have set a goal to raise $1,000,000 by July 2018. If you call ACF your home, we are inviting you to give toward our Next Step.
What can you do?
Pray: This is not just about money and a building but about people. It’s “for those yet to come”.
Tithe: We are asking everyone to consider tithing as their first step since Next Step is over and above our general operating budget.
Participate: Consider making a pledge or initial gift to Next Step (click here for Commitment Card)
We will be collecting Next Step Commitment Cards as a family at our services on November 1st and 5th. Please plan to make donations by July 1st, 2018. We will then assess our giving and move forward to the next step for our ACF family.
Donations can be made through the following options:
What is the scope of the Next Step building campaign?
Expanding the sanctuary targeting 50% more seating, expanding lobby areas, and revamping the children’s area with attention to upgraded security and safety. Others include site prep, parking, upgrading mechanical systems, etc. Phase 1 construction in spring of 2018 will address the parking, mechanical upgrades, and a North lobby addition for children’s entry. Additional phases will be required for further expansion.
How many people are part of ACF Church?
We currently see over 1,100 people come through our doors weekly and recently saw over 1,900 at Easter.
Will church use financing to fund building expansion?
Any financing will be realized through the Alliance Development Fund, the financing arm of Christian & Missionary Alliance denomination, and the holder of our current mortgage. ADF provides funding for church building projects through investments from Alliance family members and friends.
What is the expected cost of total expansion and when do we expect to have final plans and accurate cost estimate?
To meet the current objectives outlined in the scope above generates a conceptual rough estimate of $3 million. Phased development with available funds and financing are imperative to move towards the master plan of expansion. Phase 1 construction drawings and final cost estimate are expected April 2018.
How will services continue with ongoing construction?
Phase 1 construction is expected to have manageable short-term impact to our services. Phases beyond that will have greater impact requiring locating services elsewhere temporarily. Such alternatives will require some additional funding during construction. Renting space at nearby school is an example.
How long will construction for total expansion last?
Conceptual plan incorporates phasing the construction to take advantage of available funds and limit disturbance of day-to-day operations. Phasing could extend the total construction plan into a multi-year timeline.
Do we need to add extra services while doing construction?
Adding services requires more resources and is under consideration. The timing of said service(s) would also be in question. The potential is there but it doesn’t negate the need to take a next step with our aging facility.
Are we effectively utilizing our current facility?
Every usable space is being utilized in our current facility for our gatherings and throughout the week. In fact, our Video Production team graciously serves out of a remodeled closet. Some of our most crowded spaces are in the children’s area where we recently used existing Next Step funds to turn an old kitchen into a classroom.
How can donations be made?
I can only give a little. Can I still be involved?
Yes! We want every person who calls ACF their church home to be part of the ACF Next Step.
Can I give assets such as property, stock and bonds to fund my commitment? Where can I get my questions answered?
Yes. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org regarding any questions about your pledges.
Can I give to the ACF Next Step instead of Tithing?
For us to take a next step, means we will need to bring in these funds above and beyond our normal tithes and offerings. If you aren’t currently tithing, we would encourage you to make that your first step.
If you have any more questions, our ACF Lead Team would be glad to answer them. Please don’t hesitate to ask. You can submit your questions below.
Current Property Description
ACF Church owns approximately 5.5 acres spread over 9 adjoining lots that encompass 2 buildings (sanctuary and office building) and gravel parking areas. The church has owned the property since Jan 2012. The sanctuary building provides 15,000 square feet of space on 3 levels and is the only structure included in the construction scope. Current sanctuary seating is approximately 360 seats. Weekly attendance is currently over 1,100 people.
Goals & Objectives
• Expand sanctuary to add 50% more seating, if feasible
• Expand & redesign lobby area
• Modernize/Revamp children area in basement
• Site plan including master plan for property, parking/landscape/lighting requirements
• Upgrade mechanical systems (necessary for sustainability and expansion)
• Construction in phases to minimize disruption of services and distribute cost loading over longer period
• Meet Municipality requirements
• Completed May 2017. Click here for links to conceptual architectural drawings
Design (Phase 1) July 2017 – April 2018
• Construction drawings completed
• Project manager & builder selection
• Municipality permit application & approval
Construction (Phase 1) May 2018 – Dec 2018
• North lobby addition
• Upgrade mechanical systems
• Site prep
Subsequent Phases May 2019 –
• Scope to be determined, possibilities:
• Sanctuary/lobby expansion
• Children area remodel
• Complete site build-out